What Happened in January 1779

Historical Events

  • Jan 11 Ching-Thang Khomba is crowned King of Manipur.

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Jan 17 Captain James Cook's last notation in Discovery's ship's log

Captain/Explorer James Cook
James Cook

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Jan 18 John Dickinson is appointed to be a delegate for Delaware to the Continental Congress

Founding Father of the United States John Dickinson
Founding Father of the United States
John Dickinson
  • Jan 23 Charles Messier catalogs M56 (globular cluster in Lyra)
  • Jan 31 Charles Messier adds M57 (Ring Nebula in Lyra) to his catalog

Famous Birthdays

  • Jan 1 William Clowes, English printer (d. 1847)
  • Jan 5 Stephen Decatur, US, naval hero (War of 1812)
  • Jan 5 Zebulon Pike, brigadier general and explorer (Pike's Peak), born in Lamington, New Jersey (d. 1813)
  • Jan 8 John White, English organist and violinist (d. 1831)
  • Jan 15 Jean Coralli, ballet producer/choreographer, born in Paris, France
  • Jan 18 Peter Roget, thesaurus fame/inventor (slide rule, pocket chessboard)
  • Jan 22 Stefano Pavesi, composer
  • Jan 24 Elizabeth Alexeievna (Louise of Baden), Russian tsarina (d. 1826)

Famous Deaths

  • Jan 3 Claude Bourgelat, French veterinary surgeon (b. 1712)
  • Jan 20 Johannes Burman, Dutch botanist, plant author and physician, dies at 71
  • Jan 20 David Garrick, English actor (b. 1717)
  • Jan 22 Claudius Smith, American Revolutionary War loyalist (b. 1736)
  • Jan 22 Jeremiah Dixon, English surveyor and astronomer (b. 1733)